Lasting True Faith

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was  in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary. And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ” Then Lord said, “hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1-8)

I can’t help but think every time I read this passage, that the Lord has something to say to us, Let me explain. Prayer is a common theme in the NT but it’s the attitude in our prayer, and to Whom our prayers are addressed to, where our faith lies. I believe this where Jesus is leading for us to examine ourselves. The judge is not given as a symbol of God but rather in contrast to Him. If such an unjust man would respond to persistent pleas, would not God, who is not only just, but also loving and merciful, do so more readily? Weary me – – – Litterily ” hit under the eye.” What the judge would not do out of compassion for the widow or reverence for God, he would do out of sheer frustration with her incessant pleading. Hear what the unjust judge says – – – Listen to the point of the story! Namely that God, who always does what is right and is filled with compassion for believers who suffer, will certainly respond to His beloved ones who cry for His help (v.7). He may delay long, but He does so for good reason for He is sovereign in all His ways, and when He acts, His vengeance is swift. Will He really find faith – – – This suggests that when He returns, the true faith He is looking for in man will be comparatively rare, as in the days of Noah (Luke 17:26), when only 8 souls were saved. The period before His return will be marked by persecution, apostasy (a falling away from faith) and unbelief (Matthew 24:9).

Dear friend, There are signs all around us that our world today is becoming much like when the Lord said He will return, But the good news is, God is still compassionate, and does not want any to perish in their sins, but come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). So stay encouraged, keep praying for others to come to know Him, your faith will be strengthened and be rewarded one day, if you persevere.

May the Lord bless your walk today!


Author: rontrujillo

Married 37 years We have six children. All of whom are adult. Three are married one of them blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren. Retired Firefighter @ Boeing Aircraft 37 years (Formally McDonnell Douglas) Born Again Summer of 1981

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